Icing Wind Tunnel

Refurbished in 2014, the Icing Wind Tunnel can simulate super-cooled droplets icing environment and study the influence of ice on airframes or aero propulsion system. The test section is 2.0 m long with 400mm (height) × 400 mm (width) in cross section. Its maximum wind speed is 100 m/s (224 mph) and the lowest airflow temperature is -25°C. The size of water droplets varies from 10 to 100 μm. The liquid water content can be adjusted from 0.05 ~ 10 g/m3.

Currently, Dr. Hu and his research group are studying the icing of aircraft wings, as part of a $360,000 grant from the Nation Science Foundation. The Icing Wind Tunnel is located in the Wind Simulation and Testing (WiST) Laboratory in 1380 Howe Hall.


Post-Doctoral Position

Post-Doctoral Position in Experimental Phase Transitions and Plasticity Under High Pressure

Post-doctoral position at Iowa State University is available starting Summer/Fall 2019 to perform experimental research on coupled plastic flow, phase transformations, and other structural changes under high pressure and torsion of a sample in rotational diamond anvil cell. Experience with in situ high pressure experimentation and/or x-ray characterization of stresses and structural changes in materials at the micron scale is desired. Close collaboration with theoretical / computational collaborators and with Ames Laboratory of DoE is expected. Please email your application to Prof. Valery Levitas vlevitas@iastate.edu.

Aerospace Engineering Hours

  • Office, 1200 Howe: Summer hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Howe Hall: Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Emergency contact: Building supervisor Jim Benson, 515-294-4946